Basic Ballroom Dancing Styles

Dancer Debbie Cook loves teaching different ballroom dancing styles to individuals of all ages and learning levels. 

There are hardly better ways to break the ice, socialize and be merry than the medium of dancing, particularly ballroom dancing. While there are many styles of ballroom dancing, all originating from different parts of the world with very different techniques and flavor, the common denominator continues to be the presence of a partner and dancing as a social means to meet and greet.

Over the years, Debbie Cook has mastered many ballroom dancing styles and has explained the basics of each style below to help other dance enthusiasts gain knowledge and experience. 
Cha ChaChá
Cha ChaChá, also known as Cha Cha originates from Cuba and is popular for its sultry moves. The dance style gained popularity in the states in the 50’s and continues to be a major style in ballroom competitions. The style is identifiable by its precise footwork, sharp turns and flamboyant style.



A Brief History of Ballroom Dancing

While a dance instructor and professional dancer, Debbie Cook has always been interested in the history of dance and how it has become a part of our culture. Ballroom dancing is derived from the Latin word "ballare" meaning "to dance." While going to the dance may remind a person of painfully awkward times in middle school, going to the ball evokes a sensation of magical grandeur. The location (the ballroom) and the dancers (the elite) once were the defining difference between ballroom and the folk dancing of the common people. Fortunately, today ballroom dancing is a bit more egalitarian and is defined by the form: couples dancing independently of anyone else. In the Middle Ages, dances in and out of the ballroom did not differ much. People generally danced in lines and circles. Switching partners was common. The first account of ballroom dancing was written by Thoinot-Arbeau in Orchésographie in 1588, but these techniques are not included in modern ballroom dance. …

Basic Country Western Dance Moves You Need to Master

Debbie Cook has been a talented dancer and dance teacher for most of her life with a particular love and passion for Country Western Dancing. 
Country dancing is fun, energetic and a great way to try out something different. It’s also a simple dance to master the basics of and whether you’re going to your first dance class ever or you just want to reinvigorate your passion for Western, you’ll need to master these basic dance moves. Debbie Cook provides basic instruction to help you get a feel for these moves and feel comfortable once you step out onto the dance floor!

The Two Step The two step is probably the key move to learn if you want to master country western dancing. As with most country western moves, the male is the lead in this move. The partners face each other and it is 4 forward walks for the man and 4 backward walks for the female with a count of quick, quick, slow, slow. It might not sound complicated but make sure you master this properly before moving on to the next, it w…

How Dancing is Good for Your Physical Health

Debbie Cook loves dancing, not only for the social aspect, but also for the many health benefits it provides both physically and mentally.
Dancing is the one thing that has been around since the beginning of time, standing as a common centerpiece for many cultures throughout history. Nowadays, dancing has evolved into many different forms allowing something for everyone to join in on the fun. Whether you are in to country dancing, ballroom, hip hop, salsa dancing, freestyle or a variety of other styles, you are reaping many benefits for both your physical health as well as your mental and emotional health. Dancing has even become a normal exercise routine in the gym with classes like Zumba, making exercise more enjoyable.
You too can use a dancing to improve your health. As an instructor and dancer herself for many years, Debbie Cook has listed some of the best physical health benefits one can achieve through dance.
Muscle Strength.
This is one of the reasons why you will need to dance…

Mental and Emotional Benefits of Dancing

Dancing for the Soul
Debbie Cook has been an avid dancer all her life. She has found dancing to be an amazing stress reliever and positive influence on her mind and emotions.
Mental and emotional health concerns are on the rise in the increasingly demanding world of work and education in the U.S. Making deadlines and struggling to increase work performance is a constant worry for people of all ages and careers.

Debbie Cook has found exercise to be one of the most common forms of care for mental health and one of the most natural ones, too. Exercise releases endorphins, making you feel happier and more relaxed while also improving your physical health as well. Some forms of exercise can relieve different stresses for different people. Dancing, for example, is not only great exercise, but the vast varieties of dance as an art offer more opportunities for stress relief than more singular exercises such as weight lifting or running.
Dance is an incredibly dynamic skill to develop in the for…